On the First Sunday of
the Fast, we commemorate the restoration of the Holy and
Precious Icons, which was brought about by the
ever-memorable Emperors of Constantinople, Michael and
his mother Theodora, during the Patriarchate of the Holy
On the first Sunday of
Lent, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Triumph of
Orthodoxy, of true faith, which trampled down all
heresies and was established. For this reason this
Sunday is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Heresies
showed up even at the very beginning of Christianity.
The Apostles of Christ themselves warned their
contemporaries, and with them us too, about the danger
of false teachers.
We should know that the
new heresies are not saying anything new but repeating
what the old heretics have already said. All of these
heresies were anathematized by the Seventh Ecumenical
Council. So the decisions of the seven Ecumenical
Councils are enough for us, especially the Seventh
Ecumenical Council. This is why we rejoice today and
celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy, which was expressed
and fixed by the Seventh Ecumenical Council.